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August 23, 2004 | Volume 101, Issue 7

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Michael Phelps Cover - Sports Illustrated August 23, 2004

August 23, 2004
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The NFL

August 23, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
A trim Ron Dayne looked like his old self in the Giants' win over K.C.

August 23, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
Atlanta's New Offense

August 23, 2004 | Albert Chen
The Indians are ahead of schedule in their run at the AL Central leader

August 23, 2004
Atlanta Braves

August 23, 2004
Tampa's Rookie Shortstop

August 23, 2004
IS EDGAR A HALL OF FAMER?

August 23, 2004 | Rick Reilly
Why do you always have to be so negative? Why not mention what I did right?

August 23, 2004
AS THE OLYMPICS opened in Athens last week, SI's 46-member Games crew fanned out over the baking Greek landscape. "With more than 20 sports going on at once and news breaking all the time, it's...

August 23, 2004
Covering Lance

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LETTERS

August 23, 2004 | Steve Rushin
Athens doesn't have to be terrorized to be terrifying. Signs on most toilets--at the airport, in hotels, at the Olympic Stadium--warn, do not flush paper. (And you think wondering where to put...

August 23, 2004 | Don Yaeger
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and Democratic consultant James Carville rarely see eye-to-eye, especially on USC and the Fighting Irish Interviews by Don Yaeger

August 23, 2004
How They'll Look According to SI's JOHNNYDAMONIZER 4000

August 23, 2004
The NHL declines to get involved in yet another star's gambling mess

August 23, 2004
0.14 Decrease in Red Sox righthander Derek Lowe's ERA, from 5.47 to 5.33, when centerfielder Johnny Damon asked to be charged with an error on a play that had been ruled a hit in a 14--4 win over...

August 23, 2004
Bid adieu to international soccer, midfielder Zinedine Zidane, 32. The three-time world player of the year last week announced his retirement from the French national team, which he led to the...

August 23, 2004 | BILL SCHEFT
(Note to reader: For the next two weeks, if you miss any of the jokes, they will be replayed at 11 p.m. on Bravo and 4 a.m. on Telemundo.)

August 23, 2004 | RULON GARDNER
The 33-year-old Greco-Roman wrestler is in Athens and will begin defending his Olympic superheavyweight title on Aug. 23.

August 23, 2004
When she returns from Athens, where she is leading the U.S. softball team in its quest to win its third straight Olympic gold medal, Jennie Finch (page 59) will have little time to relax. She'll...

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The president of Turkmenistan, a poor desert nation in Central Asia, has ordered that a palace made of ice be built so "our children can learn to ski."

August 23, 2004
South Carolina football coach, on the one writer who voted the Gamecocks No. 1 in the SEC preseason poll: "He probably voted with a crayon."

August 23, 2004 | JULIA MORRILL
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

August 23, 2004 | Nancy Ramsey
• ED (SPEEDO) JAGER knows he'll never be a NASCAR driver, but if he can take his lovingly tended, souped-up old wrecks and "go out and blow people away" on the national demolition derby circuit,...

August 23, 2004
What was the most memorable moment from the first weekend of the Olympics?

August 23, 2004 | Mark Bechtel
Kenneth Hall, BATON ROUGE

August 23, 2004 | Michael Silver
Natalie Coughlin showed her colors: gold and silver

August 23, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
The powerful men's and women's eights want no less than gold

August 23, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
For the U.S. water polo team, a brutal training regimen paid off with a last-minute

August 23, 2004 | E.M. Swift
The gold went to Japan, but the U.S. men's gymnastics team, led by the dazzling Hamm twins, were thrilled to be on the podium at last

August 23, 2004 | Don Yaeger
In case you were wondering why some of the athletes and officials marching in the Parade of Nations looked so somber last Friday night, the answer is that as many as 300 of them actually were...

August 23, 2004 | Jack McCallum
Limping and out of medal contention after the falling barbell on her second lift struck her left leg, Tara Cunningham (inset) could have passed on her final lift, a clean and jerk of 95 kilograms...

August 23, 2004 | Richard Hoffer
Beach volleyball shakes up its show

August 23, 2004 | Jack McCallum
While getting spanked by Puerto Rico in its first game, the U.S. basketball team played like an NBA team--the Clippers--and the Americans' nightmare in Athens may have just begun

August 23, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
Diana Taurasi isn't used to being a sub. No problem

August 23, 2004 | Michael Farber
Three shutout wins can't erase a lingering sense of loss

August 23, 2004 | Jack McCallum
Yi Jianlian's age is a mystery, even to his teammates on China's basketball squad. "He is 16, you say?" asks Yao Ming, the team's star center. "I thought he was 17." Some think Yi (inset, 11,...

August 23, 2004 | Michael Farber
In its first Olympic baseball game ever, Hellas, as the blue script on Greece's classic if not classical white uniforms proclaimed, scratched out two singles, made two errors and lost 11--0 on...

August 23, 2004 | Don Yaeger
Bookies with the Antigua-based site WagerOnSports.com have posted odds not only on Olympic events but also on which country would be the first caught up in a drug scandal. The favorite was China,...

August 23, 2004 | Michael Farber
Last Saturday a 5'5", 132-pound ball of aggression named Tadahiro Nomura (inset) became the first three-time Olympic judo champion--yet was overshadowed by a Japanese teammate. Nomura, 29, needed...

August 23, 2004 | Michael Farber
Because of construction delays, some reporters and USOC officials have been put up in a maternity hospital near the Olympic Stadium. That's no hardship: The rooms are spotless, there's a florist...

August 23, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
In synchronized diving the Chinese still rule the pool

August 23, 2004 | Richard Hoffer
The boxing venue is, alone among the mostly magnificent Olympic architecture, nondescript and well off the beaten path. This, of course, is the controlling metaphor for the U.S. program, which...

August 23, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
While the Games might have begun with a few letdowns--the hoops fiasco, Michael Phelps's losses, the acres of empty seats--one pleasant surprise has been NBC's exhaustive coverage. In contrast to...

August 23, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
Good food, bad movies--the athletes' colossal compound has it all

August 23, 2004 | Grant Wahl
Two improbable soccer wins raised spirits and worked as a salve for past pain and future uncertainty

August 23, 2004 | S.L. Price
In an ambivalent Athens one message is clear: At these Games restraint could be as precious as gold for the U.S. and its athletes

August 23, 2004 | Alan Shipnuck
With a dogged playoff win in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, Vijay Singh removed any doubt that he is the world's best player

August 23, 2004 | KELLEY KING
De La Salle High is a Catholic boys' school in a quiet Northern California suburb, with modest facilities, unassuming student-athletes--and a football team that has won 151 games in a row

August 23, 2004 | KELLEY KING
De La Salle copes with a death in the football family

August 23, 2004 | CHARLES P. PIERCE
Let's go back-back-back through 25 years with ESPN's Chris (Boomer) Berman, whose outsized enthusiasms have stamped his network, sports and television

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August 23, 2004
OLYMPICS Medal Man How Many Records Can MICHAEL PHELPS Break?

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INSIDE

August 23, 2004 | Gene Menez
Dedicated fantasy football players watch games all Sunday afternoon, watch highlights of those games Sunday night, lose an hour of work cross-referencing box scores Monday morning and are glued...

August 23, 2004 | Chris Ballard
Frustrated with your favorite team? In this game no one is more powerful than a fantasy owner

August 23, 2004 | David Sabino
No matter how much you prepare for your fantasy draft, it's almost impossible to select the perfect team. But it's fun to imagine what your squad might look like if you had the luxury of picking...

August 23, 2004 | David Sabino
It's highly unlikely that your fantasy team roster will end up looking exactly like our Dream Team. But there's no need to fret, because there isn't that much difference between the best player...

August 23, 2004 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Saving their best for last at Whistling Straits, Chris DiMarco and Chris Riley played their way onto a U.S. Ryder Cup side badly in need of their help

August 23, 2004 | JOHN GARRITY
For the handful of natives playing in the Russian Open, simply making the cut would have been a major accomplishment

August 23, 2004 | Jim Gorant
Vijay's victory, Smilin' Marvin and Ryder Cup fallout from the PGA Championship

August 23, 2004 | Jim Gorant
Michelle Wie's struggles to close out her matches at the U.S. Women's Amateur show that she should be learning to win against players closer to her own age and skill level.

August 23, 2004 | Jim Suttie
After struggling with his driver all weekend, Vijay Singh confidently ripped a 325-yard tee shot on the first playoff hole to set up his victory

August 23, 2004 | Jim Gorant
During a Wednesday practice round Darren Clarke had a hole in one on Whistling Straits' 223-yard 17th, prompting his caddie to yell, "Not today!" ... Pete Dye, who designed Whistling Straits,...

August 23, 2004 | Sal Johnson
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August 23, 2004 | Jim Gorant
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August 23, 2004 | GORJUS GEORGE LUCAS*
WHEN I was a kid I dreamed about becoming a Tour player, but by the time I turned 24, in 1974, I still had a two handicap and I was managing the card room at the Barcelona Hotel in Miami Beach....

August 23, 2004 | Donald Trump
• HERB KOHLER We talked a lot about fixtures--his favorite subject.

August 23, 2004
EVERYONE KNOWS the Masters has a champions' dinner, but less well-known is that the PGA has one too. At the dinner the previous year's winner gives all the past champions a gift, paid for by the...

August 23, 2004
2004 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

August 23, 2004 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Short on confidence, lacking motivation and with no one to turn to, Tiger Woods has lost his mojo

August 23, 2004 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
ACCORDING TO pro golf's measuring stick, the World Ranking, Tiger Woods has been the best player in the world for a record 332 weeks, but Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh have closed the...

August 23, 2004 | ANDREW LAWRENCE
The Oakland Raiders, of all teams, have a host of former players in prominent NFL positions

August 23, 2004 | Ron Fimrite
Even before the arrival of its major league teams, California played an integral role in baseball's development

August 23, 2004 | Bill Syken
Far off the beaten path, in the Italian minor leagues

August 23, 2004 | Tim Layden
Michael Phelps's ambitious gold rush hit a couple of bronze bumps, but he remained the center of attention as his medal haul grew, befitting the world's most versatile swimmer